I'm a bit concerned re the teak decks as they are teak over balsa core which i have been told can leak if not laid correctly is this correct ?
I have one friend that has a Mason 43 with teak decks and it does not leak. They obviously like the boat a lot. In good shape I would own one. The prices seem to be all over the range. I think all teak decks of this age are laid about the same way at least the specifications are the same. Masons are generally thought of as well built in terms of Tiawan boats.
It's impossible to decide if your particular deck
was laid properly other than with a inspection
. New teak decks don't use screws as the adhesive
technology has progreessed so they are not required. 25 years of life is a rule
of thumb that floats around for the life of a teak deck
. That could vary depending on where the boat was for most of the time and a lot more by how it was cared for.
A soft brush and a bucket of salt water
every day can make a huge difference.
should be able to help you decide if the deck
has problems. If the deck is leaking there should be evidence available to indicate the problem. You can't easily cover up that kind of problem. Teak that gets dried out can split.
I wouldn't go by what other owners have found or didn't find. Repairing a teak deck
is no easy job. Many folks will walk away from any boat with a teak deck. We have a teak deck only in the cockpit
and bridge deck. I like it but don't feel the need to add more
It's only 17 years old and seems perfectly fine.